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Comment: Re:Getting a warrant (Score 1) 55

It's difficulty will be on a scale of one to ten how reasonable it is.

"In 2011, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reported to Canada's privacy commissioner its members received 1.2 million requests for customer information in one year and disclosed information about 780,000 customers."

I'm betting on a sizable dent in those numbers.

Comment: Re:Does anyone oppose this? tsarkon reports (Score 0) 155

by Kernel Kurtz (#47445573) Attached to: Fighting Climate Change With Trade

Especially when you pick which tree rings give you the answer you want, and then graft modern data on to it (cough).

And for our ability to measure becoming more precise, I guess that is why they change their methodology regularly (ie HADCRUT2, 3, 4....). We all know good scientists constantly change how they measure things, for consistency. And of course they continually "correct" decades old data as required as well. And if you delete the original data all the better. No going back LOL.

And I work in IT, I know a bit about modelling and algorithms, and though that is far from my expertise, I have to say their ability to model climate is pretty dismal. ALL the models overestimate over the last decades. You would expect in a good ensemble for some to be high and some to be low and reality to be somewhere in between, but they are ALL high. Oh Noes, we're gonna die!!! And it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Models assume as their raison de etre it is all about CO2. Climate is not all about CO2, it's way more complex than that.

I like science as much as anyone, and even ignoring the problems with falsifiability or reproducibility in climate science, few other branches of scientific inquiry leave me as underwhelmed with their predictive ability. If you want to know what it will be like in a century, you have to have some idea of what happens in between. In high school they called it showing your work.

So far it's a fail.

Comment: This is not new (Score 1) 579

by Kernel Kurtz (#47369449) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Even before the installation of countdown timers here, I've always considered the walk/don't walk lights as an indication of what the traffic lights are going to do. If you travel past the same intersections regularly you learn how long the don't walk light lasts before the traffic signal turns yellow, and you learn the sequencing of things like turn lights as well. This has always seemed to me to be common sense, though a lot of drivers are clearly oblivious to it.

If that useful extra information causes you to get in accidents, however, then you are not using it correctly.

Comment: Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 242

by Kernel Kurtz (#47363813) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

I have a Pebble was thinking of getting a Gear just for the better screen and generally better quality materials.

It's handy in the car for reading texts. It would be illegal to do that on my phone here, but I can sit right beside a cop car and scroll through them on my watch with no issues. Obviously have to stop to send them though.

Also great having the GPS rangefinder on my wrist when golfing as opposed to constantly checking a phone.

It's rudimentary first gen tech, but I can see it getting better and more useful over time. I doubt the niche will just disappear as a fad.

Too much is not enough.